Sheila M. Eldred

Health Writer

Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. As a freelance health journalist, she writes about everything from deadly diseases to elite athletes, including superbugs, opioids, ticks, and laughter yoga. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News, and other publications. In her spare time, she and her family love running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking in Minneapolis.

Conditions Covered:Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Head & Neck Cancer, Multiple Myeloma

Latest by Sheila M. Eldred

Endometrial Cancer Risk Factors You Should Know

Endometrial cancer is on the rise. Here’s what you need to know about your potential risk factors and how to stay as healthy as possible.

Mom Time Counts with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Rhonda Howell, who has metastatic breast cancer, savors the time she spends with her 6-year-old son, and aims to see him graduate from high school.

Warning Signs of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Advanced breast cancer tends to spread to the bones, the liver, the lungs, or the brain. Can you recognize the different symptoms of metastasis for each organ?

Eat Smart For Colon Cancer Treatment Recovery

Colon cancer and treatment side effects make it hard to take in essential nutrients. Here are some ways to nourish your body and help prevent cancer recurrence.

Working Out with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer patients who exercise can improve their breathing, strength, and range of motion while reducing side effects, fatigue, and anxiety.

Prevent Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Recurrence

While it’s impossible to completely shield yourself from lung cancer relapse, there are some things you can do to stack the odds in your favor.

Colon Cancer Survivor, Firefighter…and Model

Steve DeLuca shares why men need to actually go the doctor; how he came to be a topless calendar model; and the things you should absolutely not say to someone living with cancer.

What Famous People Had Bladder Cancer?

Maybe not who you expected. The list is extensive and includes singers, politicians, and athletes.

How Can You Raise Bladder Cancer Awareness?

Tips include lobbying your lawmakers on Capitol Hill, run or walk in an event for the disease, and share your story in the media.

Bladder Cancer Survivor: ‘I had to decide what my priorities were: living, or losing my bladder’

Cynthia Kinsella didn’t sleep much the night after a biopsy revealed she had invasive bladder cancer. She calls it one of the worst nights of her life, spending much of it curled on the bathroom floor in the fetal position. She went on to create a large support network for other bladder cancer patients. Read more about her story.